LRSD Releases Teacher-Prepared Statement After Inappropriate Image Shown To Class

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- New information is being released about the case of a Little Rock School District (LRSD) teacher who showed an inappropriate image to her class. A copy of the teacher's statement (see attached) has been uncovered.

In a statement to parents, the unidentified teacher told them, "I would like to personally apologize for an inappropriate and unprofessional image that your child may or may not have seen."

LRSD leaders say the teacher is being disciplined under the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and the professional negotiated agreement.

The district also says once the employee's photo stream was turned off, the image was immediately removed.

They add as soon as LRSD's technology team was made aware of this incident, they wiped all eight iPads in that class and reset them.

What happened.....

LRSD leaders say Wednesday a teacher at Forest Heights Middle School showed an inappropriate image to her class, which accidentally surfaced through her iCloud account.

Nicholas Tolerson's son was in that class.

"Images of herself were incorporated with class work," said Tolerson.

Tolerson says he got upset when his son told him what happened.

"My heart goes out to not only my son, but other kids in the classroom," said Tolerson.

Separating work and personal life...

Teaching professionals say the incident at Forest Heights Middle School is another reminder of why separating one's work life from professional life is so important, especially with so many advancements in technology.

Education professor Dr. Jennifer Hune with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is not related to the case, but she teaches the importance of educators always being ready for class, especially when software products like iCloud are used.

"It is the preparation that will keep those mistakes from happening. It is the labeling hat has to occur and we teach our students about those things. We teach them you have to know every inch of what you are presenting," said Dr. Hune.

Inappropriate image...

LRSD leaders made it clear the clip is an image, not a video.

That information is different than what the parent, whose son was in that classroom states. Tolerson says it was a video.

Both sides do agree the incident was inappropriate.

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